Dexter debates going smoke free

Dexter debates going smoke free

There are 75 comments on the KAIT-TV Jonesboro story from Apr 18, 2013, titled Dexter debates going smoke free. In it, KAIT-TV Jonesboro reports that:

Should smoking be allowed in public places? Lay says he's allowed smoking since opening almost five years ago.

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My Point

Duluth, GA

#66 May 3, 2013
With each smoking ban, owners and smokers predict doom and gloom, but time after time, reality has shown that things go on as usual. People keep drinking. People keep dining out. People keep gambling. The world hasn't stopped turning because folks have to step outside to have a cigarette. In fact, one side benefit of the smoking bans is that many people smoke less than they used to because they don't want to be bothered going outside.
Smoke Free Forever

Duluth, GA

#67 May 3, 2013
Hello wrote:
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And you prove how much of a retard you really are.
Here are the facts,
IF, you do not like an establishment that caters to smokers, DON'T GO!
IF, employees do not like the second hand smoke at the job that pays their bills, clothes, puts a roof over their head and feeds them, JUST QUIT and find another job! That is looking easier nowadays in this economy.
IF, you do not like a business because, it caters partially to smokers, find another Fkn' business that does not cater partially to smokers.
As for the codes, those are business practice and operating codes dumb ass, the fact that a business partially caters to smokers is not something that is a real safety violation or a business practice that could effect the government.
You are becoming just as communistic as the rest of the Government Officials are becoming in this country, what is the next thing you want? Blood? Because, I can give it anytime you feel you think you can take it!
Have a good day PAL!
As for "you do not like an establishment that caters to smokers, DON'T GO!" A bar does not "Cater to smokers",they sell and serve drinks and food. Everyone should have the right to enter. Folks should not be turned away due to medical conditions such as asthma, allergies, COPD, heart disease, etc. That constitutes discrimination. Shall we open that can of worms???
Moron 101

Dexter, MO

#68 May 3, 2013
All I hear from you morons is "blah blah blah blah blah...blah blah blah....blah blah....BLAH!
Everyone wants to control everything ...you can't, get over it!!
Hello

Dexter, MO

#69 May 4, 2013
Smoke Free Forever wrote:
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What "Choice"? The choice to harm others with your filthy harmful second hand smoke? Your so-called choice to smoke wherever you please is over, like it or not! Those days are numbered and most states already protect the employees and patrons. Sounds like MO is heading for some huge lawsuits as they knew the hazards of second hand smoke and did absolutely nothing to protect the employees and patrons. Shame on MO.
Shame on your sorry whining ass for being a little bitch about a little smoke!

So, my understanding is, you want to take "Choice" out of the equation and make it a forced law that people "Do Not" have the right to choose? Or basically, "Forcing" your ideologies down out throat and if we say anything that sounds like a just argument, it's not right and we are filthy what-evers?

Well, I should just strike up a Law Suit, suing all you whining bitches for intruding on my freedoms of choice and my rights as a tax paying citizen.

Your logical thinking proves to me that instead of turning the channel when something that is to bad for your child to watch is on the television, instead of changing the channel, you would rather kick down your neighbors door and persecute them for for what was on your TV.

Learn to know what you are talking about, have a logical, well thought out argument, with some sense, and then come back to me. Otherwise, shut yourself in a room and cry your bleeding heart into a fkn pillow.
leave the smokers alone

Bloomfield, MO

#70 May 4, 2013
what other rights can you Obamians take from us. and you call this a free country.
Know

Dexter, MO

#71 May 4, 2013
leave the smokers alone wrote:
what other rights can you Obamians take from us. and you call this a free country.
It's only an illusion of freedom. We are far from free.
When it's against the law to get in a vehicle and not wear a seat belt over the age of 18, when it doesn't interfere with anyone else's safety or puts anyone else in danger. But on the other hand the same government allows a deadly product to be sold to it's citizens, killing them slowly all for monetary gain....why others can't see the hypocrisy of these two comparisons is beyond me.
prestige80

Gebze, Turkey

#72 May 5, 2013


She's back. The woman with the deep, throaty rasp will again appear in graphic ads to warn about the reason she lost her real voice: cigarette smoking.

Terrie Hall, 52, who began lighting up as a pretty, 17-year-old cheerleader to fit in with friends, was up to two packs a day by the time she was 40 and diagnosed with throat cancer. Her larynx was removed, and she speaks via a hands-free device through a hole or stoma in her neck.
Smoke Free Forever

Duluth, GA

#73 May 6, 2013
Hello wrote:
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Shame on your sorry whining ass for being a little bitch about a little smoke!
So, my understanding is, you want to take "Choice" out of the equation and make it a forced law that people "Do Not" have the right to choose? Or basically, "Forcing" your ideologies down out throat and if we say anything that sounds like a just argument, it's not right and we are filthy what-evers?
Well, I should just strike up a Law Suit, suing all you whining bitches for intruding on my freedoms of choice and my rights as a tax paying citizen.
Your logical thinking proves to me that instead of turning the channel when something that is to bad for your child to watch is on the television, instead of changing the channel, you would rather kick down your neighbors door and persecute them for for what was on your TV.
Learn to know what you are talking about, have a logical, well thought out argument, with some sense, and then come back to me. Otherwise, shut yourself in a room and cry your bleeding heart into a fkn pillow.
You, my idiot backward-ass hillbilly is exactly why we need smoking restrictions. You are too stupid to realize on your own that you are harming others around you with YOUR filthy smoking habit. How DARE YOU!! Or you are letting your smoking addiction do your thinking and reasoning for you.

What about the "Choice" of the 80% of the population that doesn't smoke? We aren't willing to stay home any longer, so get use to it you hillbilly ass, it's long overdue you stay home in your rented trailer and smoke all you want.
Losers

Duluth, GA

#75 May 7, 2013
Smoke Free Forever wrote:
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You, my idiot backward-ass hillbilly is exactly why we need smoking restrictions. You are too stupid to realize on your own that you are harming others around you with YOUR filthy smoking habit. How DARE YOU!! Or you are letting your smoking addiction do your thinking and reasoning for you.
What about the "Choice" of the 80% of the population that doesn't smoke? We aren't willing to stay home any longer, so get use to it you hillbilly ass, it's long overdue you stay home in your rented trailer and smoke all you want.
SFF,
You can't argue with any kind of drug addicts especially smoking addicts. They will justify to no end that they have the right to smoke any where they please. What's funny but sad is that they probably don't smoke in their own home because it is bad for the kids and stinks up the house, but feel it's ok to smoke in a bar or restaurant and harm many people. All workplaces should be smoke free, no excuses.
Free

United States

#76 May 7, 2013
Losers wrote:
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SFF,
You can't argue with any kind of drug addicts especially smoking addicts. They will justify to no end that they have the right to smoke any where they please. What's funny but sad is that they probably don't smoke in their own home because it is bad for the kids and stinks up the house, but feel it's ok to smoke in a bar or restaurant and harm many people. All workplaces should be smoke free, no excuses.
I'm glad that someone has finally admitted that tobacco is an addiction, thank you.
I smoke, and no I don't smoke in my home, ever. I usually dont smoke in restaurants for the same reason.
Bars however, I can't stand alcohol without a smoke....its another reason I wasn't able to quit years ago.
But if they want to ban smoking I'm all for it. I only go to bars when I'm able (meaning without my children) which is like...once or twice a year at most.
Ban em...outlaw em....I hate the thought of my children smoking!
Smoke Free Forever

Duluth, GA

#77 May 8, 2013
Free wrote:
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I'm glad that someone has finally admitted that tobacco is an addiction, thank you.
I smoke, and no I don't smoke in my home, ever. I usually dont smoke in restaurants for the same reason.
Bars however, I can't stand alcohol without a smoke....its another reason I wasn't able to quit years ago.
But if they want to ban smoking I'm all for it. I only go to bars when I'm able (meaning without my children) which is like...once or twice a year at most.
Ban em...outlaw em....I hate the thought of my children smoking!
If everyone was as understanding as you we wouldn't need smoking restrictions. You probably wouldn't mind stepping outside to smoke and step right back in. I live in a state that has strict smoking restrictions and it is wonderful. "Everyone" can go out to the local bars, drink, watch sports, dance, play darts, play pool, listen to music have tons of fun and not go home with a headache, sore throat, and sinus problems. I also don't have to go home and bury my smelly smokey clothes and I don't have to shower either (probably should!). Just imagine the employees that are exposed to the second hand smoke for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Those are the ones that I feel sorry for. I can't imagine a state in 2013 that doesn't have strict smoking restrictions for ALL employees. Employees of bars and restaurants are not second class citizens and should be treated the same as any other office, store, mall, etc.
Smoke Free Forever

Duluth, GA

#78 May 8, 2013
Why do I get up on my soap box and yell for smoking restrictions? Because the smoking restrictions work well and there is so much bogus scare tactics used by Restaurant Association, Liquor Lobbyists, Big Tobacco. And the smoking addicts whining like 3 year olds.

About ten years ago we fought like hell to get smoking restrictions passed here in Maryland. We had all these smoking addicts, restaurant association, liquor lobbyists and big tobacco screaming that all the businesses would fail, wait staff were scared about losing their jobs, tips would be lower, Blah, Blah, Blah. It all proved false and actually Bar Owners and wait staff were pissed that they didn't go smoke free sooner. A whole new breed of people came out, Tips are up, the bar industry is booming and they couldn't be happier and oh yea the smokers are back and understand people just don't want to be exposed to their smoking habit.

If you don't believe me just come to Maryland and see for yourself how well the smoking restrictions work. We even have three casinos that are 100% smoke free and brought in 59 million in April and that's not too shabby.

Smoking restrictions work!!!!
Maryland Vet

Duluth, GA

#81 May 10, 2013
Smoke Free Forever wrote:
Why do I get up on my soap box and yell for smoking restrictions? Because the smoking restrictions work well and there is so much bogus scare tactics used by Restaurant Association, Liquor Lobbyists, Big Tobacco. And the smoking addicts whining like 3 year olds.
About ten years ago we fought like hell to get smoking restrictions passed here in Maryland. We had all these smoking addicts, restaurant association, liquor lobbyists and big tobacco screaming that all the businesses would fail, wait staff were scared about losing their jobs, tips would be lower, Blah, Blah, Blah. It all proved false and actually Bar Owners and wait staff were pissed that they didn't go smoke free sooner. A whole new breed of people came out, Tips are up, the bar industry is booming and they couldn't be happier and oh yea the smokers are back and understand people just don't want to be exposed to their smoking habit.
If you don't believe me just come to Maryland and see for yourself how well the smoking restrictions work. We even have three casinos that are 100% smoke free and brought in 59 million in April and that's not too shabby.
Smoking restrictions work!!!!
You are correct, I've been to my American Legion Hall more since the smoking ban started then in the smokey past. All Vets can now share their war stories and not be subjected to all the smoke. It was just awful before and I stopped going. It's wonderful now and I even bring my wife.
Dexterite

Saint Louis, MO

#83 May 10, 2013
do you all know that you now have an alderman living in a different ward but representing another ward of which he does not live????

What do you think Dexter will do??? Legally there should be an election for that Ward. Joe Dudley ran against Taylor and lost. Taylor has moved to another home in diff Ward. He should resign. Mayor allowed him to be sworn in before he actually moved hoping to gain some time in figuring out who he can personally pick for the position. I say the second runner up should be appointed until the election is held. OR will there be an election?????
Martin HoMalley

Hagerstown, MD

#84 May 10, 2013
Smoke Free Forever takes it backwards.

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